Book Review: The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson

May 16, 2020 Book review 6 ★★★★½

This author has been on my must-read radar for some time, but being a mood reader, I had to wait for the right moment to dive in. That moment was yesterday, the book was The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson. And from the moment I read page one, I was hooked and devoured the book within the day. Which is so rare for me, so that alone will give you a feel for how addictive a read this is.

Book Review: The Darkness by Ragnar JónassonThe Darkness (Hidden Iceland #1) by Ragnar Jónasson, Victoria Cribb
Published by Michael Joseph on March 15, 2018
Genres: Police Procedural, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Buy on Amazon

Before Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavik Police is forced into early retirement she is told to investigate a cold case of her choice, and she knows just the one.
A young woman found dead on remote seaweed-covered rocks. A woman who was looking for asylum and found only a watery grave. Her death ruled a suicide after a cursory investigation. But Hulda soon realizes that there was something far darker to this case. This was not the only young woman to disappear around that time. And no one is telling the whole story.
When her own force tries to put the brakes on the investigation Hulda has just days to discover the truth. Even if it means risking her own life...

!@#$ addictive BOOKLOVE CRIME

First Line of The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson

“How did you find me?” the woman asked.

My thoughts on The Darkness

*closes book*
Right, ok…..BUT…..REALLY??!!
*reopens book*
The ending hasn’t changed!

Holy ending! That softened my cough! I really enjoyed this one, as it pulsated with Icelandic feels. The harsh and beautiful landscape was vividly portrayed and was like another character in the book. It felt wild and unpredictable and makes my heart yearn to go back to Iceland for another visit.

Hulda, the main character, captured my imagination with her solitary and lonely life. She is due to retire, but fears who she will be without her police career. Bristly, intelligent, diligent but definitely fallible, she intrigued me. And I loved the theme of the her last few working days ticking by while she tried to solve a cold case. Plus we need more older characters, especially female ones, as it gives a totally different perspective to what you are reading.

However for a lot of the book, I kept thinking I love this, but it’s not very dark is it? Considering the title. Then it suddenly and shockingly plunged me in to the blackest of black holes.

Just finished The Darkness by @ragnarjo #bookreview "Yelps. Ragnar isn’t for the faint hearted, is he?!" Click To Tweet

Yelps. Ragnar isn’t for the faint hearted, is he?! What an introduction to this author’s work. I can’t wait to read more, and actually I’m not waiting as I started SnowBlind this morning.

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-half-stars

Who should read The Darkness?

I’d recommend this book to you if you like moody, atmospheric settings and Agatha Christie plot vibes but darker and more disturbing . Fans of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo should also enjoy.

About Ragnar Jónasson

Ragnar Jonasson is the award winning author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series and the Hulda Trilogy.  He has sold 1,1 million books worldwide, and his books are published in 30 countries, in 22 languages.

The Times selected The Darkness as one of the 100 Best Crime Novels and Thrillers since 1945.

Ragnar is the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir.

From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic.

Ragnar has appeared on festival panels worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik. Ragnar has a law degree and works as an investment banker in Reykjavik, in addition to teaching law at Reykjavik University.


Never miss a bookish post! Plus you get a free download - Note to Book - to document your own bookish thoughts.

Signup now and receive blog posts by email.

I agree to have my personal information transfered to MailChimp ( more information )

I will never give away, trade or sell your email address. You can unsubscribe at any time.

6 Responses to “Book Review: The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson”

    • trish

      I love that the MC is near retirement, and I so want more older characters too. Hope you get to read it sometime.

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.